107 Customhouse Quay, central Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays, 9am Saturdays; closes late. Fully closed Sundays
Porridge $16, Granola $14; Immigrant’s Son coffee, t-leaf-T tea
Pravda (meaning ‘truth’ in Russian) is a fairly fancy place, at least when it comes to its decor and the aproned wait staff. It is also popular, and after previously being shunted into the not so posh seats at the front I booked breakfast ahead this time. It worked too. We got a table in the corner at the back upstairs, where you can get the full, rich experience of chandeliers, deep red carpet, mirrors and dimmed lighting.
The porridge came in a nice blue bowl and was made with oat flakes and milk. It was topped with a generous heaping of toasted coconut shred, goji berries and macadamia nuts. There was so much coconut that you couldn’t really take a bite of the porridge without a mouthful of it as well. And in the centre there was a dollop of dulce de leche (a caramel-like substance made from sweetened milk). I don’t feel the latter added much and crunchy peanut butter, poached fruit, fresh fruit or berry compote, would all have been better in my view.
A generous jug of milk was served with the porridge. The Americano coffee was fine, with separate hot water in a stainless steel jug.
I recall some annoying background music being played quite loud when we arrived at 7.45am on a weekday, but after a while I forgot about it. Maybe it was turned down or the tune changed. Anyway, even when half to two-thirds full over the next 30 minutes there was no noticeable conversation noise, a benefit perhaps of the high ceiling, upholstered seating and carpeted floor. And the potentially noisy espresso machine is far away near the door.
Nice environment if you can get one of the good tables up the stairs and favour opulent decor in dark interiors. Porridge was very good if you are not averse to coconut or dulce de leche.
Reviewed October 2019.